3 trends in the Gig economy 1st half of 2018

Even before I started this blog, I’ve tried to understand and learn more about the Gig economy, which of course takes a lot of time when reading a lot of different articles. My favorite app for summarizing “all about” the Gig economy/Future of Work etc is Flipboard. But that’s not what this post is about. It’s about the trends I have identified in the first half of 2018.

I have identified three trends within the Gig economy during 2018 so far, both from what I’ve read and also from own experiences in my daily job. The trends which I’ve identified:

  • Lawsuits
  • Remote work
  • Is the Gig economy a hype?

I think the video below provides you with a good summary of all the pros n’ cons of the whole concept of the Gig economy.

 

Lawsuits

Uber, Lyft, Amazon, and Pimlico Plumbers are just some of all of the big headlines in the Gig economy lawsuits . There has also been debates about the lack of safety nets in this way of working, which in some ways are brought up in the lawsuits.

The way some of these companies are working with their gig workers, is almost as if they were employed, hence the lawsuits. I guess that many gig workers pursue the gig career just for being its own boss, and setting your own schedule. In those cases is it totally different. They are forced to wear company branded apparels, and/or branded transportation, and also to have a fixed schedule to work from.

Except for the “hiring” contract, are you considered to be a gig worker then? You need to follow the employees code of work but doesn’t have the rights for overtime pay, minimum wage, insurance etc. Who’s paying for accidents when a gig workers is driving a branded car (the firm or the gig worker?)? That’s mainly what the lawsuits has been all about (if you want more info Google: Lawsuits gig economy).

The Californian Supreme court ruled that:

The court ruled that employers must treat workers who do work related to a company’s “usual course of business” as full-fledged employees. For example, if a store hires a plumber to fix a sink, that plumber wouldn’t need to be considered an employee because the store isn’t in the plumbing business. But if a clothing company paid someone to sew clothes at home, then that person should be considered an employee, entitled to minimum wage, breaks, and other benefits of employment.

We’ll see who’s winning in the long run, hopefully all the gig workers. But we can all agree that to avoid such things as lawsuits, new reforms must me implemented for this type of work.

Remote work

Maybe this isn’t a trend that affects the surrounding that much, since a lot of companies nowadays outsource their entire functions to other countries. But the way I see it, there has been a bit of a trend from the gig worker side:

I know my value, I don’t need to move to get a gig! If the client wants me, I work from home.

Work-life balance, traffic jams or don’t want to relocate with whole family etc, is the three main arguments. They know as stated above, with the right technical skill work will come anyway.

So maybe we should embrace the fact that if competence are needed, the gig worker solve the problem from anywhere? Trust, remote leadership, and the right technical platforms should solve the issues right?

Is the Gig economy a hype?

Early in June there was a big debate whether the Gig economy increases or decreases. Is it a HYPE or not? The reason for this was that the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released its report on Contingent and Alternative Work. The report showed that there was a decrease from 2005 until 2017 within the Gig economy, hence questioning all other reports/trends pointing to the opposite.

But to be honest, the results were a bit misleading. You get the kind of answers you want when you performing a survey like this. If you want 1+1=3 that’s possible…My comments to the results:

  • Data is one year old when presented
  • It only counted all the gig workers that gig as a primary job, not side hustlers (Uber, Airbnb etc
  • Or the employed consultants that actually are gig workers since they do work on contract basis

Have a look yourself on the table below to see some results from the report.

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I really believe that the whole gig economy is booming with all the different apps/platforms where you can find a gig nowadays, But I guess it’s mainly the side hustling that grows. If we should truts all the trends that business soon will be automated then gig working as a primary job will increase to. You just need to find the gap in the market where you really can make some difference.

Conslusion

To summarize all of the three trends, the society needs to adapt to meet the future of work. And yes, the gig economy is growing. Just hang in there!

Have you identified other trends? Or are you as a gig worker affected by any of these three? Share your story to inspire other gig workers.

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